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Guangzhou, Wanderers advance to 2nd round in ACL

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 22, 2014 at 6:09 pm •  Published: April 22, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — Guangzhou Evergrande ensured its Asian Champions League title defense progressed to the knockout stages while Al Ain topped Group C after a 1-1 draw against two-time winner Al Ittihad.

Brazilian midfielder Elkeson scored both Guangzhou's goals in a 2-1 win over Yokohama F-Marinos on Tuesday night, helping the big-spending Chinese Super League champions finish atop Group G.

K-League club Jeonbuk Motors held on for a 0-0 draw at home against Melbourne Victory, advancing in second place on goal difference. Victory, which had an upset win over Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou side in Melbourne last week, needed a win over the 2006 champion Jeonbuk to advance.

Western Sydney thrashed an understrength Guizhou Renhe lineup 5-0 to finish atop Group H, edging Kawasaki Frontale on goal difference. Kawasaki beat Ulsan Hyundai 3-1 to knock the 2012 champions out of the competition.

Needing only a draw to advance, the Wanderers opened the scoring in the 6th minute via Shannon Cole, who controlled a cross with his chest at the edge of the area before spinning and driving a shot inside the left post.

The Wanderers didn't score again until Labinot Haliti swooped on a sloppy defensive error in the 75th to make it 2-0, triggering a late flurry against an understrength Guizhou team that was already out of playoff contention and had only three available substitutes — and no backup goalkeeper.

Aaron Mooy scored with his first touch, a penalty kick in the 81st, before Ono charged onto a ball that had been punched away by the Guizhou keeper and drove a long-range half volley into the back of the net.

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